Make Education a Priority is committed to a number of initiatives, with a primary focus on three main areas.
FOSTER PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT WITH PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Parents will be full partners with educators in the education of their children. TEC Sec. 4.001(b)
Make Education a Priority's advocacy efforts will foster public engagement opportunities, including:
PROMOTE EFFECTIVE SCHOOL BOARD GOVERNANCE
"Trustees as a body corporate have the exclusive power and duty to govern and oversee the management of the public schools of the district." TEC Sec. 11.151(b)
Local school board trustees are locally elected, held in trust, and are the stewards of local community schools. To meet the challenges of public education, trustees and superintendents must work together as an effective leadership team. Using the Framework for School Board Development document provided by the Texas State Board of Education, Make Education a Priority will focus on advocating to school board trustees the value of strong governance as outlined under the principle of vision, structure, accountability, advocacy, and unity.
ENHANCE RELATIONSHIPS WITH POLICYMAKERS
"The Board provides input and feedback to the legislature, State Board of Educations, and the Texas Education Agency about proposed changes to ensure maximum effectiveness and benefit to the schoolchildren in their districts." Framework for School Board Development, IV. Advocacy
Educating our 5.2 million Texas students is a shared responsibility. The following objectives will guide Make Education a Priority's focus on enhancing relationships with policymakers:
- Build mutually beneficial relationships between policymakers and local school districts
- Advocate for school board trustee engagement with policymakers
- Create public awareness concerning the effects of legislation on our public schools